The Tollbooth (2006)
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A young woman struggles to find herself despite the often oppressive influence of her family in this independent comedy drama. Sarabeth Cohen (Marla Sokoloff) has recently graduated from art school, and is determined to strike out on her own and establish herself as a painter. Her first bold step toward independence is moving away from home and getting a job in Manhattan, which doesn't do much to please her mother, Ruthie (Tovah Feldshuh), or her father, Isaac (Ronald Guttman), who don't make a
Feb 3, 2006 Wide
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Lack of perspective and shaky comic tone plague Tollbooth -- Debra Kirschner's DV-shot saga of a Brooklyn Jewish girl trying to make it in Manhattan as an artist -- sinking it in a morass of whiny cliches.
Watching its roster of decent actors struggling to overcome the banalities of their roles makes the price of getting through The Tollbooth very high indeed.
Plays like the unholy spawn of Brighton Beach Memoirs and Fiddler on the Roof.
Sokoloff works hard to make her aspiring artist likable, and buried deep under the mountain of clichés is a decent story of a young Brooklyn woman trying to find her own way. But to have to swallow such ham-fisted writing and direction?
In The Tollbooth, 22-year-old Sarabeth Cohen (Marla Sokoloff), a self-described 'feminist artist,' talks us through the travails of her Jewish-American family and her own coming of age.
The question of whether Sarabeth will make it as a big-city artist is less fascinating than wondering when she'll discover that her art is terrible.
Women may recognize with shivers the struggles of twentysomething Sarabeth in The Tollbooth. And that's a bad thing.
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